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34 posts from February 2014

Fri 28

It's Your Birthday!


Happy Birthday

Send special birthday wishes with this bright and cheery card.  There are no tricky techniques here--just lots of pretty dimensional flowers and colorful gemstones---and don't we all want flowers and sparkly things for our birthday?  I like the contrast of the earthy kraft notecard with the light and bright flowers--not to mention the sparkly gemstones.  I guess opposites do attract 

I love the Happy Birthday Extravaganza word die cut!  It curves and dips high and low like the happy birthday song---it's what I call "happy wording".  There's a sense of celebration in it and it's a "must" for everyone's collection.

To make the flowers, die cut the Adorable Posies in several Spring-y card stock colors.  I love the Memory Box Signature Patterns as well as the solid colored papers.  I used a stylus tool to press the flower centers into a cushioned surface (mouse pad) to curl the flower petals forward, then layered smaller center pieces and added a pretty gemstone to each one.  I got a little carried away assembling the flowers and now have enough for several cards. 

After the flowers were in place I added Luscious Leaves cut from dark and light greens.  

Lastly, the gemstones.  I wanted them to look like a handful of sparklers were dropped onto the card.  No special pattern, just bright droplets scattered amongst the flowers.

I'll be sending one of these to a friend on the east coast for her birthday--hope it reminds her that Spring WILL come sometime soon--she's tired of the snow and ice--anyone agree with that?

Happy Friday!



Thu 27

Wishing You

MB Feb 27 2

Hi Everyone!

I'm thinking of Spring on this very cold day!

Today's card features stenciling and watercolor techniques. I stamped my image on watercolor paper with Black Archival Ink.  I watercolored the image,and dried it completely before using embossing paste to stencil my background. To finish the card, I inked all the edges with Vintage Photo Ink.  I stamped the sentiment by masking and inking only a portion of the stamp ( Wishing You Combo #B1853). This is one way to get more out of your stamps.

Memory Box Products Used:

  • Wishing You Combo #B1853
  • Meadow Flowers #F1920
  • Mesh Stencil #88517
  • Parchment Cardstock


I hope you all enjoy your day!


Thu 27

Winter Is Lingering


A pretty peaceful winter scene created using Dies, Stamps, and Distress Ink.  This was a card from my Techniques Class.

Products Used:

Resting Birds   98527

Mini Clouds   98689

Evanston Birdhouse Poppy Die 933

Birch Branch Print Stamp G1720

white cardstock, green cardstock, Distress Inks,  torn paper mask, black marker.


Thanks so much for stopping by.





Wed 26

Butterfly Day



It's a beautiful morning in Seattle...that calls for Memory Box butterfly cards! Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a pair of quick-stencilled cards for you.

Memory Box Products

  • Butterfly Vine Designer Stencil 88524
  • Darla Butterfly Die 98264
  • Wisteria Notecard
  • Wisteria Envelope

And, for a reverse-image variation...

Here's a combination of the Butterfly Vine and Butterfly Drifting stencils - and the intricate Vivienne Butterfly Die. Vivienne is the detailed counterpart of the Darla Butterfly Die used above.


Memory Box Products

  • Butterfly Vine Designer Stencil 88524
  • Drifting Butterfly Designer Stencil 88504
  • Vivienne Butterfly Die 98265
  • Metal Adapter Plate
  • Very Happy Hello Stamp B1913
  • Granny Smith Notecard
  • Granny Smith Envelope

Visit our Ideas Gallery for detailed directions for both cards - and other cards featuring the 2014 Creative Elegance Collection of dies and Designer Stencils.

Big thanks to everyone from last weekend's Birthdays Happen! class at Impress.  We'll be using many more dies and stencils from Memory Box and Poppystamps in our next class - SIMPLY ASIAN - at the Tukwila Impress, on March 9th and 22nd.  




Tue 25

U R Unique

Although I know y'all are probably a little disenchanted with the snow right now, I happen to love the stuff... as long as it's on a card and not on the ground, that is! ;~D

I used the Delicate Snowflakes stencil (temporarily held in place with spray-on stencil adhesive by Delta)  with two different kinds of Glimmer Mist and two colors of Pan Pastels. Although I like the result, I want to apply the pastels first next time (they were an afterthought here). If you enlarge the picture you'll get a better take on the yummy shimmer that's going on.


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Memory Box stencil (Delicate Snowflakes) and cardstock (Vanilla Bean); Pan Pastels (Pink, White); Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist (Gold, Chalkboard Decadence) Accents: sequins (Cartwright), gems (Mark Richards); Basic Grey alphabet stickers 

Thanks for stopping and have a blessed day!


P.S. Don't forget top come back tomorrow - the uber-talented Jean's got something special for you!

Mon 24

Bouquets of Tulip Stems

I used the NEW Memory Box Tulip Stems die No. 98782 cut multiple times from watercolor paper to create three cards using different watercolor materials on each one.


Materials Used

  • Memory Box White notecard
  • Memory Box Tulip Stems die No. 98782
  • watercolor paper
  • PoppyStamps die 825 Grassland Border
  • Memory Box Key Lime Distressed Dots paper
  • Memory Box die Fringe Circle No. 98268
  • Memory Box Mango Distressed Dots paper
  • Watercolor Pencils and Niji Waterbrush
  • light green velvet ribbon
  • lime green organza ribbon


Different Materials Used for this card

  • Distress Markers and Niji Waterbrush
  • purple and pink plaid wired ribbon


Different Materials Used on this card

  • Watercolor Crayons and Niji Waterbrush

Whatever coloring tools I chose, I just quickly added splotches of color to the blooms, stems, and leaves with at least two shades of compatible colors and then blended them with the waterbrush.  No waterbrush?  Just use a regular paintbrush dipped in clean water.  I layered the flowers using Glue Dots and pop dots of different thicknesses for more dimension in each bouquet.

Happy Crafting!

Sun 23

Happy 19th Anniversary

Happy Sunday morning everyone!  It's my turn (Shelby) to give a little bit of inspiration today.  My LSS, Simple Pleasures, is celebrating their 19th anniversary this weekend and I wanted to show one of the custom made stamps and dies that Dave created.


This rubber stamp and die set is called Phlox,  I've stamped out and colored the main image 3 times and layered the flower heads.  The set also comes with 2 small die cuts to coordinate with the flower petal. I also had a bit of bling bling to the flower using Wink of Stella pens.

I've used the one of the new stencils called Mesh (88517) with Tim Holtz distress paints to create the background, and The Grassland Border is from Poppystamps (825).

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope everyone has a great rest of the weekend.

Sat 22

Clean and Simple with Stencils


I am on the home stretch for my B.S. in nursing. Graduation hopefully will be in May. Meanwhile they saved the hardest class for last. World Civ! It is really interesting but lots of work.

In fact, my fellow design team member Pam reminded me I was to post today! I thought it was tomorrow. In times like this you just don't have time to make a complicated card. 

I pulled out MB's new stencil- texture rhapsody . I grabbed my neon ink colors and just sponged the color through the stencil. Added the sentiment panel and I was done. Easy-peasy! Stenciling at its most basic!

Well, let me get back to my essay on the Global North and South! I will have some more interesting uses of MB's new stencils in the next few weeks. Stay tune.


Fri 21

Gated Floral card

Here is a card I taught at my store The Stamp Addict in San Diego several weeks ago. I hope you like it as much as the class particpants did!


We gate folded the base card then used the following dies together: Adorable Posies, Sophia Bloom Set and Lucious Leaves. We layered different colors together and added some bling and a ribbon through slits in the sides of the card to hold the gates closed. It was a lot of fun to make and think of all the different color combinations you can put together!

Until next time, I hope you are having fun with all the new Memory Box dies, I know I sure am!!!

Thu 20

Happy Day

MB Feb 20
Hi Everyone!

Today I have a card to share with you, which uses some Mixed Media techniques to create the background layer of the card. I love how versatile the new stencils are.

The cardstock was brushed with acrylic paints. Once the background is dry, you can add stamping and stenciling. I used ink for one stenciled image and embossing paste with another.

Memory Box Products used:

  • Dogwood Branch Stamp #F1847
  • Mail Definitions Background Stamp #G1839
  • Spring Branch Stamp #D1363
  • Tessatina Stencil #88516
  • Mesh Stencil #88517
  • Parchment and Kraft Cardstock

I hope you have a great day!